At age 10 he emigrated to Barcelona and that’s why he yells “let’s go!” before each point that is worth as such. She is British, her name is French Jones and today is news because it surpassed the previous phase of the Australian Open. She beat the Chinese Jia-Jing Lu 6-0 and 6-1 and will play a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.
Jones, 20, ranked 241 in the WTA, was born with three fingers on each hand and one thumb and seven toes. And she plays despite being warned by doctors as a child that she would never succeed in tennis.
Since she was ten, Francesca has lived in Barcelona, the city she chose to develop in sport. A fan of football and, above all, of Leo Messi, she had to undergo several surgeries on her hands and feet during her life.
“They always told me that I would not become a professional, my body was not made to be an elite athlete, but that was never an impediment,” she recalls. She has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia (EEC), a rare genetic disorder, and had more than one complication at an early age.
“I’ve never been in this situation before and I’m sure it will be an incredible experience.” Francesca said that she does not stop breaking barriers.